4 Lessons from my Retreat Disaster

It’s a youth pastor’s nightmare.

Your retreat speaker cancels at the last minute and despite your own bronchitis, you still have to be the speaker and worship leader. I wouldn’t wish it on an enemy and yet… there I was. This was just one of the things that went terribly wrong on my first retreat…

Discover Your Personal Advantage

Hey There,
God has created you specially for what he has called you to do! But, do you know exactly what your personal strengths are?
I just took the Fascination Advantage® assessment, an insightful assessment about how the world sees you at your best. Sally Hogshead, the genius behind the assessment, is offering this test free of charge!

It turns out that I’m “The Diplomat.” I learned a lot about myself in the takeaways from the assessment, and I want to make sure you get the chance to learn the same about yourself, too. It will take you less than five minutes!

Better Planning for a Better Fall

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Weird right?

Yet we often do exactly that! If you want to have a better fall, now is the time to plan to make the most of each moment. Here are a few enhancements that you can make to your planning that will help your group to do better in the fall.

The 5 Best Ways To Deal With Criticism In Youth Ministry

In Youth Ministry it’s going to happen to you.  I promise.  In fact it is a guarantee.  It’s like death and taxes.

While you’re in Youth Ministry doing your best to serve and lead you will get criticized.

It would be completely useless for you to spend any amount of energy trying to avoid criticism.  It is coming no matter what.  You would do much better spending your time coming up with some ways you will deal with criticism when it comes.

Here are the 5 best ways that you can deal with criticism

How to Know if We’re Modelling or Faking

We’re supposed to model behaviors that we are trying to develop in our team.

The danger is modeling behaviors that aren’t genuine expressions of who we are. This is especially true when it comes to living out our Christian lives in the public. When our public life doesn’t line up with our private life, we aren’t ‘being an example we’re faking or acting. Here are 4 danger areas for me:

4 Reasons Why Events are Important for Your Youth Ministry

I am not a big fan of events.

It doesn’t really matter what the event is.  It could be a concert, sports event, or youth convention. I am not sure if it is the crowds or so many distractions but I find events difficult.

In youth ministry I put my personal feelings aside. The reason?  Glad you asked, because events are important in the life of a youth ministry.

Now you cannot build a youth ministry on events but they are important to the youth ministry. I am reminded of this point once again.  This weekend there is going to be a huge and extremely well run youth convention called YC in my city.  I believe this weekend will be so important to the life of so many youth ministries.

Here are 4 reasons why.

Show Your Students Young Adults Who Still Believe

Not every young adult has abandoned their faith.

Students need to know that the church isn’t just for those 20 somethings who have nothing going on in their life. This short video let’s students hear firsthand from young adults why they believe.

Here’s the video and three quick reasons why you want your students to interact with godly young adults:

Are You Worth Following?  4 Criteria to See If You Are

You are involved in youth ministry.  Therefore I have an assumption that you want to impact the lives of students.  In fact you probably want to mentor some of them.

The simple question I have is, “Are you worth following?

I really don’t care how cool you are or if you are immensely talented.  I am talking about other things; deeper things, things that anyone can have, if they are willing to work for them.

Here are 4 criteria that you need to see if students should be following you or not.